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Twin Springs Upsets Twin Valley For Region D Boys Title, 49-46
14-Game Win Streak Ends for Panthers

by Lloyd Combs
Sports Reporter

   
Twin Springs was a six seed and lost in the first round in its own district tournament.
     Twin Valley was a district champ and on a 14-game winning streak.
     There's a reason, however, for the old cliche, "that's why they play the game."  
     Twin Springs stunned Twin Valley, 49-46, to win the Region D, Division 1 boys basketball title Saturday afternoon at Virginia High School in Bristol. championship trophy.
     The Titans (18-8) earned a chance to host Region C runnerup Galax Saturday, while the Panthers (20-7) travel to Christiansburg to face Region C champion Eastern Montgomery in the Group A quarterfinals on Friday.
     Cody Hall scored a game-high 16 points for Twin Springs, which shot much better from the field than Twin Valley, committed just eight turnovers and forced several key mistakes by the Panthers, who hit just 4-of-14 shots from the floor in the fourth quarter.
     Garrett Horne's three-pointer got the Panthers within 47-46 with 13 seconds remaining. After Hall hit two free throws for the Titans, the Panthers missed two three-point tries in the final 10 seconds.

Twin Valley guard Garrett Horne (#24) knocks down the trey over a pair of Titan defenders Saturday afternoon at Virginia High's "Bearcat Den" during the Region D championship finals. Horne scored 10 quick first-half points and finished the game with 15 points as Twin Springs upset the Panthers, 49-46. (Staff photo/Mike Stiltner.)
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Panthers Earn Group A State Playoff Berth; Caps 14-Game Winning Streak With Impressive 59-42 Win Over St. Paul

by Lloyd Combs
Sports Reporter    

    
Twin Valley has come a long way in a very short period of time.
    After a 1-3 start, and a 6-6 record in mid-season, the Panthers rode a 14-game winning streak to their second state tournament berth in three years, capping the streak with a 59-42 win over St. Paul in the Region D, Division 2 semifinals Friday night at Castlewood High School.
     Twin Valley, which defeated BDD rival Hurley, 62-39, in a quarterfinal contest Wednesday night at TVHS, fell to Twin Springs in the Region D finals on Saturday.
     The Panthers were celebrating a state tournament berth on Friday, thanks to the strong inside play of Josh Smith, the solid, all-around floor play of Hunter Simpson and Carter Burnison's fine play off the bench.
     A 17-3 run that began late in the first period helped the Panthers build a double-digit lead that it maintained the rest of the night.
     Simpson scored 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds, handed out six assists and had five steals while Smith posted a double-double with 18 points and 15 boards as the Panthers (20-6) built a 27-11 lead, held a 34-16 halftime advantage and never let the margin get below 12 points the rest of the night.

Twin Valley forward Josh Smith (#34) drives around a St. Paul defender Friday night and goes forward to score two points during first-half action at Castlewood High School in Region D semifinals action. Smith posted a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Panthers stopped St. Paul, 59-46, and clinched a Group A state playoff berth. (Staff photo/Mike Stiltner.)

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Lady Panthers Drop Region D Girls Title in 45-42 OT Loss to Rye Cove
by Lloyd Combs
Sports Reporter

    Rye Cove hit just one shot in overtime, but it was
enough to earn the fifth-seeded Lady Eagles their first-ever regional title.
    Christi Hood’s three-pointer 10 seconds into the extra period sent Rye Cove on its way to a 45-42 win over number two seed Twin Valley in the Region D, Division 1 finals Saturday afternoon at Virginia High School in Bristol.
    The Lady Panthers (21-6) and Rye Cove (16-10) will both return to the Bearcat Den for Group A quarterfinal games this Saturday. Twin Valley will face Region C champion Northwood at 2:00 p.m., while Rye Cove plays Bland County later in the day.
     Twin Valley missed all four of its shots and turned the ball over four times in overtime against the Lady Eagles. Sarah Mullins’ free throw with 1:10 remaining was the Lady Panthers' only point in the extra period.
    "You kind of scrunch up when they hit that first basket in overtime," Twin Valley coach Rick Goodman said. "We missed a lot of assignments on defense.
     "They drove in and kicked it out and made shots. We had too much dribbling on one side of the floor (and) not enough passing. But I liked our effort. We can grow and learn from it."

Twin Valley freshman Katie Jo Lester (#34) goes up for an easy layup against a Rye Cove defender and scores two of her game-high 26 points Saturday night at Va. High. Lester pumped in 12 points in the third period, but it wasn't enough as Rye Cove slipped past the Lady Panthers in overtime of the Region D championship game. (Staff photo/Mike Stiltner.)

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